Val Hebble-Thwaite

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I always wondered if I could paint in  watercolour after having had no formal training.  In 1994 I decided to attend a local authority night class.  I came home with my first attempts at drawing and we all laughed. In 1996 I joined Cartmel Art Society, mainly because they wanted a Secretary. When the Exhibition was due one of the older members encouraged me to put a painting in for sale. When I went to show him what I had put in I nearly went through the roof - it had a red dot (sold!) To think someone parted with their hard earned money to buy something I had painted was elating.  I have since been on many courses with Judith Milne, Helen Schofield, Eric Gleave, Louis Morton, Ann Blockley, Kate Bentley, and latterly Janette Phillips to mention but a few.  I love our Art Society, we have many workshops and I have made so many friends of like minds.

I studied art at Kesteven College of Education in the sixties. My main area of expertise was actually in 3D but I enjoyed teaching many forms of 'art' during my career. I retired to Arnside and immediately signed up to art classes with the inspirational Kate Bentley. Full of enthusiasm, I began experimenting with various media and techniques. I sold quite a lot of my work in the local shops in Arnside plus some at the annual Milnthorpe exhibition. I have been a friend of Margaret Auger since the age of 4 and she persuaded me to join Cartmel Art Society. I have never looked back since. We have so much fun, I have met lots of lovely people and and I have learn so much through our workshops. A keen gardener, my inspiration comes from my immediate environment.....plants, flowers and the landscapes around me in all their wonderful moods.

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